Ward Robotics XL Controller




WARD Robotics XL controller is an affordable, easy-to-use option with advanced features and functionality.

Drawing from our many years of experience in the waterjet industry, the WARD Robotics motion control system is an advanced controller package that will take your waterjet cutting business to the next level. Just some of the features available include advanced internet connection at your waterjet controller, direct communication link to technical support, touch screen controller, expandable up to 3 heads and a software touch-screen keyboard!

One of the best things about the XL is that it was designed specifically with all existing waterjet owners in mind. Nearly every waterjet in the world can be upgraded to have the full capability of a WARD Robotics XL Controller.


XL Controller Features
  • Controller accepts ANY CNC file
  • Windows® XP Professional Operating System interface
  • Fully networkable
  • Instant automatic FREE updates available worldwide, easy access to on-line manuals, ability to order spare parts right from the controller
  • Total remote control access by WARD Robotics technicians for service and training if allowed by customer from anywhere in the world
  • Simple clean wiring to controller (one network cable, one power cable)
  • Extensive data logging and user reports
  • Printed membrane panels can be added to upgrade capacity of the waterjet as you grow
  • Built to include every feature needed for waterjet operation
  • 15" Touch Screen - Control unit can mount and operate from the right or left of the machine
  • 3D volumetric axis mapping available

Touch Screen Controller
Tactile Membrane Panel Controls for up to 3 Cutting Heads: Jog, Feed Rate, Height Sensor, Abrasive Auto/Manual, Water Auto/Manual, Play Part, Stop Part, Reverse, Jump


Direct Link to Technical Support

  • Optional Integrated Live Video program with direct access to WARD Robotics technical assistance
  • Make phone calls from the controller direct to WARD Robotics (VOIP)

·                     Free Software Upgrades

Automatic updates are available as new features are added. Your installation can be configured to automatically check the web for updates and upgrades and automatically install them, keeping you on the cutting edge of controller technology. There is not an additional charge for these upgrades.

·                     Remote Diagnostics

Tech support and diagnostic troubleshooting can be done anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. Control of the machine can be handed over to the technician and multiple diagnostic tools are built in. A standard web cam means you can get help face to face over the web.

·                     PDA Wireless Pendant

Use our PDA outfitted with Windows Mobile 6 and our easy to use pendant software. It communicates via Bluetooth and WiFi and gives the ability to jog the machine, start and stop parts, as well as feedback on the shape of your part and the amount of time left to cut - all from your office or couch at home!

·                     Consumable Management

A variety of consumable items can be tracked in real-time on the controller. Each consumable is linked to a certain machine action and calculated by time, cycles, or both. Now you can get accurate information about the life of your consumable, as well as do efficient preventative maintenance without wasting time or materials. The number of independent consumables that can be tracked is not limited.


·                     G+M translation

The controller accepts standard G-Code parts, so you're not locked into any specific software package to create parts for your machine. You can use the default M codes to cycle outputs on or off. If you prefer to use the standard G+M codes from your current CAM software or another waterjet, you can use the built in translation files. These allow you to run existing code without having to post-process them again.

·                     Gantry Monitor

Squareness of a gantry system is critical to cutting accurate parts. The XL Controller ensures squareness off of two independent home switches on the gantry axes. At the end of each homing cycle, the gantry axes are realigned to their calibrated state. From that time on, the system is continuously monitoring the travel of the motors. The operator is notified on-screen if the gantry motors ever become misaligned.

·                     Time Estimation

As part programs are loaded into the controller the G-Code is analyzed to get a time estimate. While a part cuts, the total time remaining is displayed, along with a progress bar that fills up as you cut. This information is available anywhere that you go throughout the program and on the PDA wireless pendant, so you'll always know when a part is about to finish.

cutting time remaing
cutting job progress

·                     E-mail Notification

The controller can be configured to send out e-mail notification after the completion of a part. It ties into your facilities e-mail server, or acts as its own server. E-mails include an image of the part that was cut, along with who cut it and the amount of time it took to cut.

·                     Program look-ahead for dynamic smoothing and acceleration correction

Reverse function. Trace back through the program to recut a portion of your part. Reverse will trace back an unlimited amount.

interrupt cutting jobs button

·                     User Passwords

Each user receives a unique password, and can be put into one of three user levels (Operator, Power Operator or Administrator). Each user level can have its permissions easily changed by an administrator. The ability to add/remove part programs, edit part programs, enter maintenance information, change parameters, etc. can be adjusted, to allow your operators as much or as little freedom as you wish. While logged in, the program tracks how many parts were cut, what maintenance was done, and what faults occurred for a given user. All of this data is logged into a text file.

·                     Jump to Pierce Point

Pierce point mode allows you to select the beginning of a contour by touching the screen near the point where you want to start. The program will execute from this point.

·                     Unlimited Go To function

Start a program anywhere by simply touching the part on the touch screen at the location you wish to start cutting. You can also enter absolute or incremental data and co-ordinates.

·                     Interrupt Jobs

And restart them again later

·                     Indexing Capability

To cut large parts (e.g. 20'x10' on a 6'x13' table). Cut the first portion of part program, move material, easily pick up the position of next program and cut!

·                     Jump to Anywhere

Touch the screen near the geometry where you want to start cutting. Part cutting will resume cutting near the point selected on screen.

·                     Part rotation

Pick 2 points and line up your plate

·                     Teach Parts

Using the built-in "Teach" mode, the machine can be used as a digitizer the size of the waterjet table. Just use the controller's jog controls to "trace" your template, point by point, to create CNC files right at the controller! Drawing curves and lines are fast and simple - no need to use CAD/CAM software.



  • CPU = 2.7GHz dual core (AMD Athlon 6400+)
  • 2GB ram DDR2 800Mhz
  • 32GB Solid State Hard Drive
  • Internal Temperature Sensors
  • Additional 10/100 NIC and Wireless 801.11g NIC for easy connection to your existing network
  • 15" touch-screen
  • 2 external USB ports offer unlimited expandability (e.g. keyboard, mouse, etc.)


  • Servo cycle = 0.4 ms
  • Standard number of true CNC axes - 4
  • On board computer integrated into control stand
  • Modular components for easy maintenance and reduced down time
  • All cables and wires in watertight enclosure
  • Standard hardware switches as well as touch screen control for Water ON/OFF, Abrasive ON/OFF, Jog Controls, Go, Stop, Reverse, and Jump!
  • Standard Feed Rate Override Knob
  • Membrane switch pads control ON/OFF of cutting heads with light up LED activation notification
  • Up to 3 head functionality
  • E-Stop located on control console
  • 16 Gauge Heavy-Duty Water-Tight Construction
  • Built in Web Cam Standard
  • USB Ports on console
  • Software Touch- Screen Keyboard
  • Optional Wireless PDA Pendant outfitted with Windows Mobile 6 and our easy to use pendant software. It communicates via Bluetooth and WiFi and gives the ability to jog the machine, start and stop parts, as well as give feedback on the shape of your part and the amount of time left to cut.
  • Bar code reading and printing available
  • Volumetric Mapping available - electronic compensation in 3 dimensions resulting in the ultimate level of motion accuracy
  • Laser interferometer mapping and ball bar tests are available